Test Bench / Open Air BUILD, watercooled 295x2

Discussion in 'PC Build Logs' started by paulbaird87, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    A little delayed since I am half way through but I'll bring you all up to speed.

    Aerocool Strike X Air (open air / test bench) case

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22318&cPath=547

    Asrock x99m Killer (soon to be Asus x99 Sabertooth) *bought a Rampage V Extreme
    Intel 5820k
    Corsair Dominator Platinum
    AMD R9 295X2 WITH EK nikel waterblock and backplate
    *added an extra 290x
    M.2 Samsung SM951(512gb)
    1x bootable backup 500gb hdd (weekly clones)
    2X 4tb hdd
    LEDs everywhere
    1000w EVGA P2

    480mm Hardware Labs Nemisis gts crossflow
    240mm XSPC rad
    Koolance D5 pmp-450 variovario
    Glass Skull Vodka bottle as Resovoir
    EK nickel plexi waterblock on gpu
    XSPC raystorm cpu block
    6X Aerocool Dead Silence 120mm red Led fans
    NZXT digital fan controller. Software based/on screen fan control and temp viewing.

    Early stages mock up of what the 480mm rad and Vodka skull res would look like on this case.

    Click to view full size!


    More progress shots to come.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2015
  2. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    Progress

    Bought a few second hand sculls to practice drilling the glass, wasn't as difficult as I imagined, NOTE to others.... the faster the drill spins the easier it is and start on an angle to bed the drill bit into the glass without it jumping around.

    Dan Akroyd, Crystal Skull Vodka. (found a few on ebay empty for $5 otherwise would have cost me $100)

    Click to view full size!

    should look like this with the blood red coolant

    Click to view full size!

    First drill attempt had a few cracks

    Click to view full size!

    Used some ultraclear araldite to seal the barbs to holes ( was tricky feeding the glue covered barbs through the lid and into the holes)

    Click to view full size!


    Now to see how i can mount this, a 240 rad and a 480 rad on this alien space ship of a case.

    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    stay tuned.................
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015
  3. zero_velocity

    zero_velocity Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,648
    Location:
    QLD
    Looks cool man :thumbup: Ive always wanted to do a similar build for the giggles, they just look so cool :Pirate::leet:
     
  4. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    progress

    Pulled out the beating beastly heart of my little matx build , this will go straight in the Strike X with the intention of upgrading to full ATX x99.... Any suggestions? best x99 mobo for overclocking????????

    Click to view full size!

    Figuring out mounting options for this bad boy!

    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!

    The Aerocool Strike X has a little cross bar to mount things on but it is not very sturdy and in the wrong spot.
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2015
  5. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    mounting comlpete

    Mounting the GTS 480 Crossflow was a nightmare and required some aluminium angle cut to size and bolted together at the back bottom right corner and the top left corner. I will redo this one day and use sexy black angle but the spray paint looks ok.


    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Phase 1 complete. Still have the little EK dc pump/res combo and tubing from my old matx build.

    Phase 2 is a tidy up of the cable managment to accomodate more fans and lighting as well as new plumbing, pump, skull resovior and the EK nickel waterblock for the 295x2 that I have been dying to get since I got the card.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    They do look cool. Initially I thought it might look too cheap and plasticy but with the system in it, the rad on the back and a few glowing fans it looks awesome.

     
  7. BigDave

    BigDave Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2007
    Messages:
    3,705
    Location:
    ADELAIDE/5018
    These things are an acquired taste mate, They have potential and yours is looking good :thumbup:
     
  8. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    Looks a little tacky but easy to work with and just not the same as every other black/white tower with a little window.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    Phase 2

    Phase 2 started on a sad note. My little AsRock X99M Killer died during initial benchmarks after water blocking and reinstalling the R9 295x2. Definitely wasn't a thermal issue since the gpu never got over 38 and the cpu not over 50 during tests. Only put 1.3v through the cpu and 1.35v on the ram and the motherboard temps seemed fine.

    Any way here is the 295x2 EK water block install process. I really took my time with this since it was my first gpu water block install and it paid off. It looks incredible and the temps are brilliant for the gpu overclocked.

    Step one, shroud and backplate come off.

    Click to view full size!


    Then the asetek gpu pumps, front heat sink, rear gpu socket retainers and the double width pci retainer.

    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Then onto removing the old thermal paste, thermal pads and cleaning the components for the EK supplied pads.

    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Applying thermal pads and Phobya NanoGrease Extreme.

    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    Thermal pads for the back plate and back of the gpu

    Click to view full size!


    Click to view full size!


    So many thermal pads on this bad boy but it must be for a reason because after testing this on initial overclocks of 1130 core and 1625 memory neither gpu on the card got over 38 degrees on full load during all benchmarks running a 5820k at 4.4ghz and 2666mhz ram.
    Early benchmark results before my AsRock board died. Hoping to get this bad boy over 20000 for fire strike basic.

    Fire Strike = 19195

    Click to view full size!


    Fire Strike Extreme = 9370

    Click to view full size!


    Fire Strike Ultra = 5167

    Click to view full size!
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2015
  10. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
  11. Ratzz

    Ratzz Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Messages:
    9,201
    Location:
    Cheltenham East 3192
    Also helps if you fill the bottle with well compacted sand before drilling. Will help prevent cracking.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    Thanks for the advice. I filled it with water on the first cut and pressured it with a cork and it worked well.

     
  13. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
  14. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    Rampage bios and initial results

    So i finally had time to get the ramage v in and do some benchmarks. I kept the same ram and gpu settings as the last benchmark on the AsRock micro but i did change the cache to 4.4ghz which i couldn't do on the AsRock. Thanks to the Rampage I managed to add few hundred points to my firestrike score and about 30 points to cinebench.

    Fire Strike = 19315


    Click to view full size!
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2015
  15. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    overclocking the open aired beast

    Got some more time to do a few more fire strike runs and stability testing the memory.

    This was the best fire strike 1.1 run
    Fire Strike 19643
    (4.5 core 1.4v 4.4 cache 1.35v vssca 1.2 3200 17,18,18,43,1t )

    Click to view full size!


    Fire Strike Extreme 9908
    (4.4 core 1.4v 4.4 cache 1.4v vssca 1.15 3200 16,16,16,36,1t )

    Click to view full size!


    Currently running at 4.2ghz core and cache adaptive and 3200mhz (16,16,16,38,1t) at 1.35v stable on 12 instances of HCI memtest to 400%
     
  16. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    TRIFIRE, three way crossfire

    Bought a new 290x to run in TRIFIRE, three way crossfire.
    Initial benchmarks are pleasing, added a lazy 5 thousand to my firestrike score in both stock and overclocked setups.
    Overclocks where
    cpu; 4.5ghz core, 4.4ghz cache
    ram; 3200mhz at 16,16,16,38,1t
    gpu core; all three at 1100mhz
    gpu memory; all three at 1625mhz


    Click to view full size!
     
  17. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
  18. OP
    OP
    paulbaird87

    paulbaird87 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    61
    Extra 290x

    added the extra 290x, now running tri fire from two cards. Works well 4k BF4 at 60 frames zero drops


    Click to view full size!
     

Share This Page

Advertisement: